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J Z

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Mar 25 2014 at 12:43pm #

This Contraption Turns Your Bicycle Into a Lamp-Making Factory

http://www.wired.com/design/2014/03/turn-fixie-lamp-producing-factory/


Marko82

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Mar 25 2014 at 1:48pm #

It will be interesting to see how this turns out:
“Who’s to blame when a Syracuse cop in SUV and bicyclist run stop signs and crash? Jury to decide

The housing for a mirror from Cordone’s vehicle was found on North State Street, more than 180 feet away from the crash scene. so I guess speed might also be an issue.


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Mar 26 2014 at 8:16am #

Oakland (CA) law would let cyclists, pedestrians sue abusive drivers
By Matthew Artz
Oakland Tribune

POSTED: 03/25/2014 04:26:23 PM

OAKLAND — Abusive drivers who take aim at cyclists and pedestrians might soon face retribution far more severe than a middle finger.

Councilwoman Libby Schaaf introduced legislation Tuesday that would make Oakland the nation’s fourth city to allow aggrieved cyclists and pedestrians to take their vehicular tormentors to civil court. If victorious, Oakland law would let cyclists, pedestrians sue abusive drivers plaintiffs would be entitled to at least $1,000 and attorneys fees.

Bicycle advocates and Schaaf, who is running for mayor, acknowledged that cyclists are not always docile victims on the streets of Oakland. But they said the additional protections were warranted because both cyclists and pedestrians are far more vulnerable to serious injury.

A report from Schaaf’s office found that 184 pedestrians and cyclists were killed by cars in Oakland between 1992 and 2011.

“The idea is to de-escalate the aggression from all parties and hopefully we’ll make everyone safer,” Schaaf said during a new conference Tuesday announcing the bill.

The law would prohibit motorists from assaulting or intentionally inflicting emotional distress against cyclists or pedestrians — and provides the victims with an opportunity to seek civil damages. Motorists also would not be allowed to intentionally pass cyclists and pedestrians in an unsafe manner.

Both motorists and cyclists would be prohibited from intentionally failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The proposal, championed by the organization Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, is modeled on a law first passed three years ago in Los Angeles. Berkeley and Washington, D.C., have also passed versions of the law, although no civil suit has been filed under the law in any of those cities.

Proving abuse would be difficult without camera footage or witnesses, advocates said.

Christopher Kidd, an Oakland native who worked on the Los Angeles law, said he has been the victim of abusive drivers in both cities, although he said Oakland drivers were nicer. Nevertheless, he said the worst incident occurred last year in Oakland. A driver, who had shouted at him on the road, later intentionally struck him with his car door near the intersection of San Pablo and Stanford avenues.

“When I tried to take a photograph of his license plate, he threatened to get a gun out of his truck,” Kidd said.

Edward Erving, a Berkeley resident, who happened upon Tuesday’s news conference, said he’s been on the wrong side of over-aggressive drivers and cyclists. He was open to the proposal, but feared it might punish drivers for lapses of concentration.

“What if I’m driving and I didn’t see that person and end up cutting them off?” he asked. “Can they turn around and say I had a mean look on my face and I was intentionally trying to harass them?”

Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435


ShooFlyPie

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Mar 26 2014 at 12:02pm #

That sounds like a Cyclist dream to take every “Real Man” in a big bad pickup to court, but it would definitely need to have sufficient evidence. Otherwise we would really be tampering with the fire in the legal system. I wish I could have caught the guy on camera who felt the need to approach me after getting out of his Silverado, only to back down to instead use his bigger more bad weapon of choice to break check me in a bike lane. Even in PA that hillbilly maybe could of been fined if I had a helmet cam of it.


edmonds59

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Mar 27 2014 at 4:32pm #

Dang I wish I could go to Detroit this weekend (something I never thought I’d say), North American Bike Week. Why don’t some of you footloose freewheelin’ young’ns go on up and report. http://momentummag.com/features/detroit-north-american-bicycle-week/


smarchit

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Mar 28 2014 at 3:54am #

Not quite bicycle related, but it is on two wheels and a bit interesting… The Biker Chicks of Morocco


Benzo

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Mar 28 2014 at 8:53am #

Cell phone use is now estimated to be involved in 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes

http://www.nsc.org/Pages/NSC-releases-latest-injury-and-fatality-statistics-and-trends-.aspx


jonawebb

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Mar 28 2014 at 9:37am #

BTW, Peduto’s the keynote speaker at the Ontario Bike Summit this year. He really seems to be serious about this bike stuff.


ShooFlyPie

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Mar 28 2014 at 10:00am #

jonawebb wrote:BTW, Peduto’s the keynote speaker at the Ontario Bike Summit this year. He really seems to be serious about this bike stuff.

I doubt he himself is a cyclist, but I like his progressiveness on many things so far. I stated this same case on many Post Gazette articles that brought out the anti-cyclist neanderthals; Cities that put bike infrastructure as a priority and are more cyclist friendly tend to be the ones that lure young educated techies that have a higher income to tax. Turning Pittsburgh around isn’t just diversifying the economy but providing a quality of life to the people who work there, and bike infrastructure is important in that.


J Z

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Mar 28 2014 at 11:10am #

Peduto is on the record as saying it’s a priority for his administration. I’m interested in the implementation aspect of it, and holding him to it.

http://bikepgh.org/mayoral-candidate-bill-peduto-answers-bikepgh-qa/


paulheckbert

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Mar 28 2014 at 9:30pm #

Kind of like Pocusset Street (if Pocusset had a view of the Pacific Ocean)

Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail, near San Francisco: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Devil-s-Slide-once-hellish-opens-Thursday-as-5348987.php


jonawebb

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Mar 29 2014 at 6:36am #

Dogs and pedestrians going the wrong way in the bicycle-only lane, cool.


edmonds59

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Mar 29 2014 at 7:02am #

^Now you’re getting like me, lol. Don’t get like me.


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 29 2014 at 3:50pm #

ShooFlyPie wrote:Turning Pittsburgh around isn’t just diversifying the economy but providing a quality of life to the people who work there, and bike infrastructure is important in that.

Excellent summary of the situation.

Also, I am rejoining the Allegheny County Transit Council, now that the transit funding tide has turned. I am hoping to bring some new blood and new ideas to the table. More on that later.


jonawebb

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Mar 29 2014 at 4:40pm #

Excellent news, @stu.
On related matters, I drove through the Wabash Tunnel today (I’d never been through there on bike or in a car) and it seems completely obvious to me it should be a bike pathway. It’s two lanes! Only one of which gets used. There is plenty of space for a cycle track, leaving a full lane for cars. It wouldn’t inconvenience motorists at all, and create a great link for people in the South Hills to get downtown. You wouldn’t need to do much at all on the downtown side.


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 31 2014 at 5:17am #

News out of Philadelphia, seen on a private group on Facebook. Could be bad news for cyclists. Who do you know in Philly? I can’t find an independent verification of this, so take this with a grain of salt (and in particular I find the references to dates to be wrong), but without further ado, I will copy/paste verbatim, in case there is validity to it…

Yo!!

…if you bike in and through Philly, you’ve likely come to appreciate the VERY cool South Street Bridge…that coolness is on the verge of being taken away…unless WE act!!!

If you cycle or walk the South Street Bridge, you know it’s really one of the region’s best bridges for cyclists and pedestrians. Now all that is in trouble. Children’s Hospital is planning a big office tower on the east bank of the Schuylkill, right next to the bridge.
CHOP’s board has directed the planners to make the site as car-friendly as possible, with riverfront land used to park cars, and a big garage in Phase One.

They want to provide subsidized parking for 500 (later 1,000+) employees, saying that transit, walking and cycling are not viable methods. This despite multiple transit connection minutes from the site.

The local neighborhood residential streets can’t handle the kind of traffic CHOP says they need for a “world-class” facility. No problem, say the planners — we’ll just punch a big ramp from our garage right into the South Street Bridge on the south side. This will mean 500 cars (in Phase One alone) crossing the eastbound sidewalk and the bike lane, so that private car users can get onto I-76 in a jiffy.
CHOP’s dedicated driveway will feed cars across the South Street Bridge westbound lanes so that drivers can get onto the northbound lanes of the Expressway as well. Their planners don’t seem to have asked how that many cars can feed down the “merge-or-die” ramps at South Street, nor what the effect will be when 500 cars enter/exit the ramp daily–blocking bike and pedestrian traffic for about 30 minutes of each rush hour.

If you live in the area and try to do the right thing by using transit, walking or biking, tough. This puts drivers who need to get back to the ‘burbs at the top of the food chain.

This Tuesday, Jan. 2nd., CHOP is having a meeting to win the zoning variances they need to put this monster into the neighborhood.

After half a dozen meeting with the community, they haven’t budged an inch on their plans to use riverfront land as a gigantic car storage facility, and run their private driveway across the bike lanes. Since the first meetings, they’ve actually reneged on connections to the river path, and added more parking for more cars.

Please be at the meeting to show opposition to this over scale, 1970s-suburban style project.
Tuesday, April 2, 5:40 pm
the Philadelphia School, 2501 South Street.

also, please email the Bicycle Coalition tonight to ask that they show their opposition to this project, which threatens to erase all their hard work on the South Street Bridge.


Steven

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Mar 31 2014 at 11:21am #

Here’s a neighborhood association’s page about the project, and here’s an article about it.

Given the time and money the hospital’s put into this project (they’ve been talking to the neighborhood about it since 2009, purchased the land, and presented the new building’s design), getting any changes at this point sounds very difficult.


buffalo buffalo

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Apr 1 2014 at 12:21pm #

Arlington, VA just got one of those permanent electronic bike-counter signs Portland’s famous for: https://twitter.com/Andybikes/status/451043324473135104

wonder if PGH could get one of those…and where we should put it.


Drewbacca

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Apr 1 2014 at 12:32pm #

Not “news” per se, but noteworthy… I was listening to the Pirates game on the Chicago AM station that carries the Cubs and while discussing the upcoming opening day at Wrigley Field, they suggested that you might want to ride a bike and leave it with the official bike valet! http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/transportation/index.jsp?content=bike

Get with the program, PNC!


salty

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Apr 1 2014 at 8:01pm #

Spectacular New Devil’s Slide Trail Difficult to Reach Without a Car: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2014/04/01/devils-slide-trail-opens-without-safe-ped-and-bike-access/

looks nice, but argh! half a billion spent on the bypass for cars, $2M on 1.3 mile of trail, and someone please explain to me how it could possibly cost $500k/yr to maintain it?


paulheckbert

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Apr 2 2014 at 9:52am #

http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/historian-uncovers-the-forgotten-protected-bike-lane-boom-of-1905

excerpts:

Did you know that there was an American protected bike lane movement in 1905?

Wagons, carts, and horses were excluded from the paths. They were to be a separate network, set apart from foot and vehicle traffic, solely for bicycles.

The movement had its own national magazine, “Sidepaths,” with a circulation of 5,000, published in America’s bike capital: Rochester, N.Y. Sidepaths, Longhurst writes, had more success in some cities than in others and “briefly flourished in Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and elsewhere.”

The basic problem for sidepaths, Longhurst shows, is that after an initial burst of enthusiasm among bike advocates faded, there wasn’t enough public money in place to build and maintain them.

Where sidepaths were hobbled from the start by a weak and fluctuating funding stream, [historian Christopher] Wells observes that the interstate highway system was successful because of the ingenuity and invisibility of its financing, hiding the cost from end users and protecting it from the depredations of marauding legislators. When it comes to infrastructure, it seems, the funding mechanism is destiny.


jonawebb

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Apr 2 2014 at 10:07am #

paulheckbert wrote:the ingenuity and invisibility of its financing, hiding the cost from end users and protecting it from the depredations of marauding legislators

Well, Robert Moses had a hell of a time building highways in NYC well before the interstate highway system came into existence. They were largely funded by tolls, which is hardly hiding the cost from end users. More like smacking them in the face.
And I don’t think any funding source is safe from legislators. Almost anything one legislature can do, the next can undo (the exception being contracts).
The real secret of the success of highway funding is that people are willing to spend a lot of money on their cars, and they like having roads to drive on (and there’s a lot of money to be made building them).


edmonds59

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Apr 2 2014 at 1:13pm #

Something not negative:
For those on the fb, https://www.facebook.com/TheFantasticClevelandTweedRide


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 2 2014 at 6:39pm #

*makes note to check out Goodwill’s tweed collection sometime soon*


Drewbacca

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Apr 2 2014 at 6:47pm #

StuInMcCandless wrote:*makes note to check out Goodwill’s tweed collection sometime soon*

I just found a nice Burberry jacket at my local goodwill! ;) Now I have an excuse to wear it! :D :D :D

Not sure if I’ll make it to this, as I’m still hashing out my end of month plans. I hope to make it and say hello to the other side of the rustcup.


paulheckbert

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Apr 3 2014 at 11:17pm #

Cyclocable:

“The first prototype was installed in Trondheim, Norway, in 1993. Since then, it’s become a popular tourist attraction that’s powered more than 200,000 cyclists up a 130-meter hill, with no accidents recorded. … Now, POMA Group, the French cableway company behind the CycloCable, wants to sell the idea to other cities around the world. …

Pittsburgh has also considered the lift. According to Stephen Patchan, bicycle/pedestrian coordinator at Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning, the cycling community sees the steep terrain as an amenity, not a challenge.”

Yes, let’s do it! 200,000 cyclists and no known accidents! Pittsburgh should jump at the chance to be the first American city to install one of these!

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/04/bike-elevator-take-you-steep-hills/8774/


byogman

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Apr 4 2014 at 7:11am #

Heartily agreed.

Those who want to ride up the steeps can still do so.

A relatively small number of these, strategically placed, would make a very big difference to the approach-ability of cycling here.


jonawebb

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Apr 4 2014 at 7:49am #

As Patchan said in that article, Pittsburgh cyclists consider the hills an amenity. But maybe not everybody.


byogman

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Apr 4 2014 at 8:27am #

But maybe not everybody.

I would say hardly anybody, especially at the outset.

We’re a very, very narrow group of weirdos here. I say that in the most loving way possible.

But it’s an important perspective…. to bring this thing we love to the masses, we have to acknowledge how weird we are, and make the required level of weirdness much, much lower.


J Z

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Apr 4 2014 at 10:51am #

https://autos.yahoo.com/news/american-cities-are-haunted-by-too-many-parking-spaces-000230791.html


jonawebb

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Apr 4 2014 at 11:47am #

McArdle would be a perfect spot for this. Straight, you’d get tourist traffic, and the neighborhood would probably support it.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 4 2014 at 11:48am #

1. Joncaire/Boundary up to Frick Fine Arts Bldg.
2. Armstrong Tunnel to Duquesne U.
3. Above James St behind Allegheny General Hospital.
4. Negley Ave south of Fifth.
5. Frazier/Greenfield up to Bigelow St.
6. Dead-end of Saline St up to Greenfield/Pocusset.
7. Base of S.18th up to Pius St.
8. Planet St off Steuben.
9. Jacob St in Brookline, both sides, from the Central stop on S.Busway.
10. Glenmawr St in Sheraden off W Carson.


jonawebb

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Apr 4 2014 at 12:25pm #

I like Joncaire too. Shorter than McArdle, high traffic. But McArdle is good because it extends bike infrastructure towards the South Hills, which really needs it, and it’s a route people will take to go to the restaurants and views.


byogman

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Apr 4 2014 at 1:41pm #

I think Danny Chew’s criteria for choosing the most punishing hills for dirty dozen (close in, steep, a lot of vertical (except Canton which is too short)) are roughly a perfect match to where this would would get used and be a welcome relief to saner folks.

Negley isn’t bad enough to be a DD hill, but it being kind of in the middle of an existing cycle-heavy area, for sure it would get a ton of use.

I really like the mention of things that aren’t roads though… this could certainly be used on narrow-ish paths yet to be built like “6. Dead-end of Saline St up to Greenfield/Pocusset.” I want to see something built for the folks in the Hill District, connect to downtown or the strip.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 4 2014 at 7:49pm #

I was tapping out that response on my iPhone, so didn’t want to get too wordy. Now that I have a keyboard at my disposal, I can explain my choices a little better. Mainly I was trying to match potentially heavy bike traffic at the bottom of a hill with a neighborhood at the top of the hill that seems it could be well suited for a bike commute if only there wasn’t a big honking elevation change on the way home.

I tried to work from first-hand knowledge of both cycling and transit infrastructure. I tried to stay within city limits. Most of these I’ve used at one time or another, or wished I could.

Nobody has given any numbers for what these cost, but $200K a copy seems a reasonable thumbnail guess. That puts it in the same ballpark as a traffic light at a typical intersection. They, too, have design and installation costs, as well as operational costs, and must be upgraded or replaced every couple of decades, as I suspect these will. It’s a fair comparison, I think.


J Z

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Apr 8 2014 at 1:24pm #

PA Human Relations Commission Teaming Up with Bike & Build to Stress Importance of Fair and Affordable Housing

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/04/08/on-equal-pay-day-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-gender-pay-gap/


buffalo buffalo

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Apr 8 2014 at 4:31pm #

Temple’s campus bike program have organized a panel discussion on how bicycles and buses can share the road and improve communication, featuring SEPTA and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities: http://bike.temple.edu/events/bike-safety-septa-panel-discussion

Maybe someday we can get something similar featuring PAT, Stephen Patchan/City Planning, and Bike Pittsburgh…


Benzo

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Apr 15 2014 at 2:34pm #

Saw this on reddit today. PA cyclists buy billboard space. Nice going franklin county cyclists.


czarofpittsburgh

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Apr 15 2014 at 7:51pm #

Texting Driver Who Hit Bicyclist: “I Just Don’t Care”

http://gawker.com/texting-driver-who-hit-bicyclist-i-just-dont-care-1563607232/all


Mikhail

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Apr 20 2014 at 7:02pm #

http://www.motoring.co.uk/car-news/cyclists-why-do-they-ride-in-the-middle-of-the-road-_62617

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